What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to bring out the strongest, fastest, and fittest athlete in each of us. Whether your goal is to take your performance to next level in a competitive sport, or simply to look and feel better in every day life, CrossFit will help you reach your goals!  There are four key concepts that make CrossFit workouts unique, safe, effective, and fun:

Functional Movements. 

CrossFit workouts use functional movements from a wide range of disciplines, including weightlifting, gymnastics, and traditional “cardio” exercises. This means we ditch the machines and focus instead on moving our bodies (and weights) freely.  We run, jump, lift, throw, squat, pull, push.. Functional movements generally involve multiple joints and muscle groups and, by their nature, are the most effective way to train.

Constantly Varied. 

CrossFit specializes in not specializing. Each workout is something new and different, so you’ll never have to worry about falling into a routine or getting bored. We have hundreds of exercises to select from when designing our workouts. Some are short; some are long; some use heavy weights; some use body weight. They say variety is the spice of life, and our workouts live up to that!

High Intensity. 

CrossFit workouts are designed to pack a lot of work into a short time frame.  This style of training – always pushing yourself harder and faster – is the key to getting incredible results. It also allows us to fit our entire class – warm up, instruction, and the workout – into a 60 minute session. If you’re not already a fan of high intensity, you will become one!

Infinitely Adaptable. 

CrossFit workouts are safe and effective for EVERYONE! We carefully scale/modify our workouts to accommodate individuals of all ages and fitness levels. We can even adapt our workouts to accommodate athletes with physical handicaps or injuries.  You are never too old, too young, too fit, or too unfit to CrossFit!

CrossFit workouts optimize physical competence in 10 major fitness domains: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Strength, Stamina, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Balance, Agility, and Accuracy.

Still unsure what CrossFit is all about? Check out these videos:

World Class Fitness in 100 Words (by Greg Glassman):

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.


To learn more, here are some great resources:

  1. The CrossFit main page, www.CrossFit.com
  2. What is Fitness” from the CrossFit Journal, journal.crossfit.com